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January 25, 2012

Choosing Healthier Paint Options

I paint around here…a lot, as you can probably tell. Something that we haven’t talked about on here is the benefits of using non-VOC paints and protective masks while painting.

Do you ever paint a room or spray paint (even outside) and you get a headache, feel dizzy, nauseous, etc.? What you’re experiencing are the effects of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are the minor effects–major exposure can equal major problems.

Here are some tips for painting indoors:

-Always try to select a non-VOC paint. And, be sure to check the label for other toxic chemicals. The popularity of non-VOC paints are rising and you should be able to find them almost anywhere. If you aren’t sure where you can find non-VOC paints, Apartment Therapy posted a list of non/low VOC paints here.

-Crack a window. Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate.

-Never use spray paint or outdoor paint indoors. I’ve done one and witnessed the effects of the other. Never a good idea. Never.

When I use spray paint, I always go outside. Unfortunately, spray paint has yet to go VOC-free and I do a lot of spray painting. I now own one of these puppies:

If you don’t paint very often, you may not feel like you need it. Painting is something I do on a regular basis, so I feel like this is a necessity, for me.

I hope this has been helpful! Painting is fun and seems to magically change a room and restore furniture, but it’s best to play it safe. Paint responsibly!

Enjoying the Good Life,